Books for Younguns, Young Adults and the Young-at-Heart

Monday, March 12, 2012

Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans

The history of America is also the history of African Americans, from the time of slavery to the election of the first black president.  Many a family can tell the story of our country's most significant events by telling the story of their ancestors.

Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans by Kadir Nelson is the winner of the Coretta Scott King Author Award and a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Book for 2012.

This trip through the bullet points of United States history is told by unnamed narrator about her family dating back to slavery, while she has lived to vote for Barack Obama.  The conversational tone of the narrative keeps things accessible through the massive amount of material covered.  While there are intriguing details sprinkled throughout the story, nothing gets to in-depth (for obvious reasons), but this is an excellent introduction to the major events of our country's development for young readers.  There is much more text than a traditional picture book, but the one- to two-page spreads are as lush and emotional as any others you will find, making this a great gift book for all ages.

Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans is published by Balzer + Bray and retails for $19.99 (hardcover).  I bought my copy with my very own money.  You can get yours at Left Bank Books today!

Kadir Nelson will be appearing as part of the Black History Celebration at St. Louis County Library, 1640 S. Lindbergh, 63131, on Friday, March 16, at 7:00 p.m.  If you can't join us at the event, call the store at 314-367-6731 to find out how you can get a personalized signed copy of this or one of his other books.

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